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Heat signature drone to be used in search for Baby Joe Clyde Daniels remains

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DICKSON, Tenn. (WZTV) --A group assisting in the search for the body of a missing autistic, non-verbal Middle Tennessee boy says the next month could provide an opportunity to find his remains.

Joe Clyde Daniels was reported missing on April 4, 2018 by his father Joseph Daniels. Just days later, following a massive search for the boy, the TBI arrested the father. Joseph Daniels told police he killed his son, allegedly beating him to death because the boy urinated inside the family's home.

Joe's mother, Krystal Daniels, was also arrested for child neglect, false report, and accessory after the fact for failing to report her husband and assisting in the cover-up.

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Since Joseph Daniels' admission, the TBI, Dickson County Sheriff's Office, and search group Texas Equusearch have tried to locate the boy's remains to no avail. Part of the issue has been varying accounts from Joseph Daniels on where he disposed of the body. The other issue has been the terrain in Dickson County.

Texas Equusearch search leader David Rader has helped in multiple searches for baby Joe's body, deploying everything from ATVs to glider's. But with Fall upon us, a new tool could be key to finding the boy's remains.

"We are hoping to deploy our NearFlear drone which is another tool in our toolbox," Rader says. Texas Equusearch hasn't been able to use the drone due to the thick canopy covering the ground. As much of the brush starts to thin and foliage drops, Radner says the drone will have a better chance of success.

"It has a heat signature camera which detects if a part of the ground was dug up or disturbed," Radner says. "Once fall decides to actually get here and clear things up we will be able to deploy it."

As with previous searches, Radner will wait on the direction of the TBI and DCSO Sheriff Jeff Bledsoe.

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